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The Thin Blue Lie (2000)

A spine-chilling thriller about a courageous young reporter who risks his life and career to go deep into police abuse within homicide.

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Jonathan Neumann
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Phil Chadway
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Frank Rizzo
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Kate Johnson
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K.C.
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Art Zugler
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Detective Marshall
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Vinnie
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Deep Nightstick
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Sandra Durano
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Detective Harris
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Detective Regossi
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John Reilly
Hayley Tyson ...
Sharon Chadway
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A new reporter is brought to a Philadelphia newspaper to provide court coverage in this 70's era fact-based story. One of the first cases brought to his attention involves a mentally handicapped young man who was found guilty of murder. His attorney, however, contends that his client was railroaded by the police and beaten into a confession. Investigation into the allegations reveals that not only has the client been beaten, but the witnesses were also beaten to force their testimony to collaborate the police's findings. Further investigations reveal a history of police abuse in many cases involving minorities and the under-privileged. Bringing his findings to his editors and a senior reporter, he is green-lighted to pursue the story further. He quickly finds that his story will not be easily founded as he receives threats at the hands of street police and detectives. Eventually he finds that the case leads to Mayor Frank Rizzo's office. He also finds that many don't support his ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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13 August 2000 (USA)  »

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True Crimes
31 May 2002 | by (Mansfield UK) – See all my reviews

A very good film.

Based upon actual events, this chilling tale explains how easy it is for power to corrupt and how society likes to look the other way.

Thank goodness for investigative journalists like Johnathan Neumann.

Great performance by Rob Morrow with support from Quaid and a nice little cameo by Al Waxman too.

It is impossible to watch this film and not realise what a great actor Paul Sorvino is. His portrayal of Mayor Rizzo is perfect.

8/10.


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